On the Margins: John 12: 20-33 (Last Episode)

My dear believers in the Christ,

This is my last episode of On the Margins. Now in my thirteenth year with Mater Dei Radio, I am retiring this program. I am deeply grateful for Dina Marie Hale who invited me to reflect on the gospels of Advent in 2005. Those four weeks led into these years of radio ministry. I am also grateful for your emails, letters and comments over the years. Blessings to you all.

“Please know of my prayer for you until next time we meet On the Margins.”

Fr. Ron Raab, CSC



On the Margins from Mater Dei Radio, Portland, OR



Fifth Sunday of Lent: March 18, 2018


JN 12:20-33

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”
Philip went and told Andrew;
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them,
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
‘Father, save me from this hour’?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven,
“I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder;
but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
Jesus answered and said,
“This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world;
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I will draw everyone to myself.”
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

6 thoughts on “On the Margins: John 12: 20-33 (Last Episode)

  1. Thank you for your inspiring artwork, words, and unending service to the poor and poor in spirit..
    Blessings on the end of your Mater Dei journey and the renovation of Sacred Heart.
    Ave Crux, Spes Unica

  2. Fr. Ron, thank you for all your years of tremendous, loving service. I will miss your kind, thoughtful voice and teachings every Sunday morning. May God bless you abundantly as you have been such a blessing to all your listeners.

  3. I’ve listened to On The Margins nearly every Sunday morning since it began. It’s going to be a great loss of food for my journey. So sad. God bless you Fr Raab.

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